Strange how refreshing it is when a Brooklyn band sings about living there. Denizens of the borough often want to separate themselves from the place, especially musicians. They're either bearded and woodsy or cerebral, experimental and precious. Matt Johnson makes no apologies for being a young person living in an urban hipster utopia, celebrating it on Grand (named after a Brooklyn street).
The married couple bash out organ-pumping pop blasts that exuberantly pick apart their youthful experiences, most notably on Don't Slow Down, where Matt sings nasally about being broke and hustling in the borough. Now, if only a Toronto band could write a record called West Queen West.
Top track: Daylight
Matt & Kim will be at Circa on March 20.